Naropa University - Master's Degree

Naropa describes itself as Buddhist-inspired, ecumenical and nonsectarian rather than Buddhist.It was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1988, making it the first Buddhist-inspired academic institution to receive United States regional accreditation.

  • Average Tuition USD 47,110

School Description

Naropa University was founded by Chögyam Trungpa, an exiled Tibetan tulku who was a Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineage holder. Trungpa entered the USA in 1970, established the Vajradhatu organization in 1973, and then in 1974, established Naropa Institute under the Nalanda Foundation.

Master Programs

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


    USD 25,560 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


    USD 18,595 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Environmental Studies

    USD 18,590 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


    USD 24,745 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Occupational Therapy

    USD 25,272 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

    Religious Education

    USD 22,570 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • 2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302, USA


    USD 22,570 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the beliefs and doctrine of a particular religious faith from the intramural point of view of that faith. Includes instruction in systematic theology, historical theology, moral theology, doctrinal studies, dogmatics, apologetics, and applications to specific questions of ecclesiastical polity and religious life.

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    Established in 1974


    As of 2008, contemplative education requirements include: All undergraduate students must select three semester hours of "Body-Mind Practice" such as taijiquan or African dance as well as three hours of "World Wisdom Traditions" which may include a religion course.

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          • Testimony
            2010, BA

            There aren't enough words or time to convey how crucial Naropa was to my development, both as a person and as a professional. For anyone looking to grow while learning to help others, this is it.

          • A
            2005-2009, BA

            My experience of Naropa University was that it was an amazing place to grow, explore my mind and the world, and discover a deep love for learning, meditation, and uplifting the world through my life. It is a place where you can be yourself, find wonderful teachers, transformative courses and genuine friendships.

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            1998-2000, MA

            Naropa University is a unique vision of education that has the potential to frustrate, but in the way that encourages development----this is because the work is personal, as it always is and will be and at Naropa that fact was never ignored. The grounding here is the environment of Buddhist meditation combined with the progressive and inclusive atmosphere. You can simultaneously critique the liberal/progressive agenda while being engaged within it. Your own personal capacity to deepen to the world is developed while learning the academic aspects---an integration of both head and heart. I remember once a professor saying that Naropa is on fire and in that fire it is so easy to get burned but more importantly it is a place to cook, bake, broil and grill the neurosis. I honesty don't know how creativity can be cultivated without an environment "on fire" with the spirit of transformation and change. I felt Naropa was a good bridge to walk one foot in the world and another in the ever deepening potential to experience one's Buddha-nature or essential spirit. It wasn't the easist of rides but I still look back at my time at Naropa as a huge component of my personal development and discernment to vocation. It was one of the greatest journeys in my formation.